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It can all be a little overwhelming, the city may not be huge but the culture, activities, events, eateries etc. is vast. So we have taken it upon ourselves to amalgamate our local 12 years experience in the city via our blog. Whether you are planning on coming over for the festivals, want to find out vegan eats or general insider information, we will keep you in the loop.
We recently visited Chema Madoz’s temporary photographic exhibition “Ars Combinatoria” on the main floor of Gaudi’s ever impressive La Pedrera. It is of course a great excuse to see the rest of the works and marvels hosted in the very same building.
CaixaForum presents a wonderful exhibition that encourages one to evaluate the uncertainty that many undergo in life in general. Whether it is inequality, pressure of conformity amongst other things, they are things that many can identify with. The exhibition is centered around a space and rather spread out, perhaps representing the concept of freedom and loos at the pivotal role art can play during this state of affairs. Anish Kapoor’s pregnant wall,a very modernist structure, is a manipulation of a simple form within a space. You have to be standing at a profile to really see the form of the bump that is part of the white gallery wall itself.
If you like photography you will definitely appreciate this fine selection of winning photographs from the last 20 editions of LUX prizes (acclaimed reference for professional photography). Located and jointly organised by Palau Robert and the Association of Professional Photographers of Spain – the project went ahead with the view to capture strength and development during social and economical change. The exhibition is segmented into eleven sections presenting different categories of photographs.
The Costa Dorada boasts a plethoral of beaches and Sitges is one of the most popular and idyllic of seaside towns. The annual carnival takes place in this very vibrant location, in addition to Sitges Film Festival and of lets not forget Circuit festival. A simple 40 minute train ride and you enter a small but lively seaside. The event takes place from the 6-13 February and hosts around 300,000 people.
Those that live in the city know just how much of an exciting technology hub Barcelona is. Not only is the city home to sun, sea and sand, it is also a leading place when it comes to technological innovation and start-ups. It is then no wonder that the Mobile World Congress, the world’s largest exhibition hosts it’s feria here, from the 25th to the 28th February. With many people in possession of a smartphone and mobile ownership having room to grow in even emerging countries, it is fair to say that this event is extremely significant and will not disappoint. This week the BBC reported about the first Firefox mobile, this is one trend that will continue to surge.
Next month sees the return of one of the world’s largest tradeshows, Cosmobelleza, due to take place on the 2,3 and 4 February. This 2013 edition is expected to be brimming with beauty, hair and other products, seminars, workshops, giveaways and more. Grupo Cosmobelleza is aimed at the professional hair and beauty market, extending it’s services to publications such as Tocado, for hairdressing; Vida Estética-Les Nouvelles Esthétiques, for aesthetics; Revista Cosmobelleza. They are at the forefront of industry news, which is why this international event remains ever so popular.
World Press Photo is one of the most established and prestigious photojournalism competitions in the world. Think – 156 award winning photos, eight cities of forty countries and I think you can understand the depth that much more. The exhibition is on in Barcelona at the CCCB until 6th January and is a sure hit in the city, last year saw 35,159 visitors attend.
El Parallel is the underground neighborhood that was once the go to place for sheer entertainment and marvels. Xavier Alberti and Eduard Molner attempt to rescue the cultural locality that sent tremors in what was the polite society during 1894-1939 with a curation of Parallel’s theatrical, political and sexual world during the exhibition, aptly named “El Paral•lel, 1894-1939, Barcelona and the Spectacle of Modernity”.
Now it is not hard to notice that there has been somewhat of an influx in bakeries offering more than just a magdalena, we have already blogged about the infamous Cup&Cake and then there is Lolita Bakery amongst others here in the city. There has equally been a rise in baking at home with more people taking an interest and taking classes, offered by those such as Diary of a Cake Maker. So if like us, you have a sweet tooth and don’t mind getting elbow deep in harina (flour), you may want to visit the BCN&Cake event taking place this weekend at Fira Barcelona.
There is nothing like a visit to the museum to make you realize just how much talent one individual encompassed, in what was somewhat limited times. This is what can be seen from the multifaceted and talented Italian artist Giambattista Piranesi (Venice, 1720 – Rome, 1778) - who was an architect, etcher, and designer. Obra Social La Caixa Foundation presents The Arts of Piranesi an exhibition that brings extensive works such as engravings and sketchings from the artist.